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With The 20th Pick In The 2011 Stampede Blue Community Mock Draft, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select...


Aldon Smith - DE, Missouri

Pick made by Benjamin Savage:

In all likelihood, Aldon Smith won't fall this far. In a DE heavy class, he is clearly one of the better options for teams looking to revive an anaemic pass rush, whether it be in the 4-3 DE spot or as a 3-4 OLB. The Buccaneers finished tied 30th in the NFL with 26.0 sacks in 2010 so it could be said that this is a match made in heaven, given that he is one of the more talented pure pass rushers in the entire draft. Smith has shown himself to have the required speed and the potential to bulk up his 6'4, 265 lb frame in order to make the transition to rushing the passer at the NFL level in order to fit the 4-3 defense that the Buccaneers currently play.

Expecting outrageous production from Smith in his first year of action would be perhaps unwise, with a gradual assimilation into the defense the smarter move to make, but with Smith, Gerald McCoy and Brian Price all high picks on the defensive line within a year, the Buccaneers could have a formidable defensive line for years to come.

Other options here could include Brandon Harris, CB, Miami due to off the field issues with their star corner, Aqib Talib. Also on the board is the intriguing OT prospect Tyron Smith from USC, but I simply cannot look past the defensive end position as the primary obstacle preventing this team going to the next level.

If Smith is taken 20th overall, it'll be the third time in the last five years the Buccaneers have taken a DL in the first round (Gerald McCoy, Gaines Adams). Also, it'll be the first time since 2001 a DE from Missouri was taken in the first round, when Justin Smith was taken 4th overall by the Bengals.

Aldon Smith Scouting Report from Mocking the Draft

The Chiefs, and FreeneyAteYourLunch are on the clock...

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 Carolina Nick Fairley DT Auburn palco
2 Denver Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson chad72
3 Buffalo Marcell Dareus DT/DE Alabama Buffalo_Bill_Cody
4 Cincinnati A.J. Green WR Georgia beerbrunch
5 Arizona Patrick Peterson CB LSU JesusNinja13
6 Cleveland Robert Quinn DE North Carolina nickfromnaptown
7 San Francisco Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska nopuntintended
8 Tennessee Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri Aerostar193
9 Dallas Nate Solder OT Colorado Addai Another Aday
10 Washington Julio Jones WR Alabama TouchdownColts
11 Houston Von Miller LB Texas A&M SupermanWearsBobSander'sPJs
12 Minnesota Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue Mr. Indianapolis Colts
13 Detroit Jimmy Smith CB Colorado Bradman721
14 St. Louis Cameron Jordan DE California VolsnCards5
15 Miami Mark Ingram RB Alabama metallicolts
16 Jacksonville J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin Collin McCollough
17 New England Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College mgrex03
18 San Diego Akeem Ayers DE UCLA ColtsFanFromHawaii
19 N.Y. Giants Mike Pouncey OL Florida erockrap
20 Tampa Bay Aldon Smith DE Missouri Benjamin Savage
21 Kansas City FreeneyAteYourLunch
22 Indianapolis BlueVol03
23 Philadelphia AnotherWriter
24 New Orleans ushoe
25 Seattle Vikings55Thunder
26 Baltimore JaredCounterman
27 Atlanta fiftycal2004
28 New England mgrex03
29 Chicago DClark#44
30 N.Y. Jets Eltoasto
31 Pittsburgh
32 Green Bay sanders_fan89